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Been looking for neat solution to taking small scope abroad using my stuff and not paying out for a dedicated set up. Have a skywatcher finder which with a barlow and 90 * gives good results. I was looking at an Orion mini eq tabletop tripod but hard to get hold of. Play a bit of music in a band and have a few microphone stands so got to work with a hack saw. I used a mic holder as in photo they are about £3 and cut the holder part off and filed flat. Drilled hole through to accept large camera thread (£3 screw bolt) this allows shortened micstand to fit to the alt az mount. (Mic stand 15 of ebay. ) the dovetail was expensive as i wanted green and got from germany £30 with couier the white finder bracket from tring harrisons £6 so thats £60 but if i went for black dovetail less than £40 seeing i had mic stand already quite a cheap solition the stand is very stable and provided the telescope is moved clockwise when rotating freehand the threads stay tight with the fine controls either direction works well overall wiegt is bit over 3 kg and will fit in a standard aluminium camera case hope this if useful Mark
Hello I am looking for a telescope that can fit in my backpack. I found two 1. Startravel 80 (Refractor) tabletop 2. Skymax 90 tabletop (MC). I will be looking at planets and bright deep sky objects. with a small telescope i will not be expecting too much. However i would like to have the option to attach a DSLR and take photos (not a must, but would be nice to have). I have Heritage 130p and i am happy with it but i can't carry it on my shoulder bag or a backpack. The two scopes i mentioned seems good but i am concerned about the table top tripod. I haven't read good reviews about it in general. I have two concerns about the tripod 1. stability, 2. i may find equitorial mount to be a mess to setup (i dont have one, so i dont know how much time it will take to assemble the mount). So guys, i am looking for suggestions on ultra-portable scope, Should i go for above mentioned telescopes or something like Celestron Travel Scope 70?
Hey everyone. First post. I have this old telescope that never came with a mount. It's a 5 inch Newtonian. If anyone knows David Fuller's youtube channel "Eyes on the skies" then you may know that he has a DIY tripod that anyone can make. Which I am for this scope. But I also want to make a DIY tabletop mount for the telescope itself to rest on the tripod. This telescope came with rings as a mounting system. That's it. I have a main idea of how to make this mount, I have a low profile swivel on the way in the mail and locking knobs. But I'm wondering about dovetails. Which dovetails would work in the rings and then attach to another dovetail to mount to the locking knobs? I hope that makes sense. The locking knob will be attached to the mount which will also attach to (maybe) a universal dovetail so that I can loosen it to move for the declination. The swivel is obviously for right ascension. I'm just needing info on which dovetails to use (best bang for the buck). I'm also open to other alternatives. The images provided are exactly what I'd like to build.